When Artists Force A Message On The Audience Their Work Suffers – Mickey Finnegan

Mickey Finnegan, Writer/Director: Just because your movie is about something important doesn’t mean that your movie is actually important. 

Film Courage: Would you say filmmakers today are more concerned with forcing a message or telling a good story? 

Mickey: I definitely feel like more people now are concerned with forcing a message versus telling a good story. Say what you will, I think it could be a good thing, it could be a bad thing, it’s hard to say. I do feel like a lot of movies I’d say overall have probably been hurt from being the best movie that they can be when they’re trying to focus mostly on a specific kind of message because trying to force a certain kind of message doesn’t always make for the most interesting story especially if you have a certain agenda that you want to push. It’s a weird time, it’s a weird world in that sense because on the one hand you can say Film is about storytelling. We’re just trying to share the human experience with each other and connect to each other in that way and we do that through stories. On the other hand you can say that Film is the most powerful medium that there is and therefore it is extremely influential and therefore whatever my agenda might be needs to be represented in that art form and therefore I want that out into the world. So I understand why people feel like films need to have a certain type of messaging. I’m a little more in the camp that I think that we’re just here to…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Mickey Finnegan is a writer/director best known for his music video and commercial work with artists and brands such as LMFAO, Cee Lo Green, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lil Jon, Soulja Boy, Rebel Wilson, Tyga, Bella Thorne, The Offspring, Far East Movement, Dada Life, X-Factor, MTV, Dancing With the Stars, Playstation, Alienware, Intel, Dell, Dish, Pepsi, GSN, HGTV, FOX, ABC, Kia among many others. 

His success as a director has garnered attention from fans around the globe and his work has lead him to video nominations from The People’s Choice Awards, MTV VMA’s, NRJ Awards, American Music Awards and The Much Music awards in which his video for LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” won International Video of the Year. His commercial spots for Scream Queen’s also won a Promax for Best Commercial Campaign and a Nickelodeon campaign won him an EMMY in 2018. 

His work has been featured on MTV, BET, VH1, FUSE and E! numerous times taking number one spots on countdowns and his collected works on youtube have amassed over 3 billion views. Mickey has also had many successes in the narrative world. His most recent short film called Mom Fight screened at numerous film festivals including Dances With Films, Filmquest, CAAMfest, Seattle International, and GENCON where it took home the award for “Best Comedy.” His short film called GODLIKE, an indie drama about eSports, was celebrated among the Asian American Film Festival circuit and was distributed by Riot Games on their community page. 

Mickey has had multiple screenplays optioned by production companies including a biopic about legendary wrestling promoter Vince McMahon. 

Mickey is a Video Game and Comic Book enthusiast. He is also a member of the Director’s Guild of America and currently resides in Los Angeles. 








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